EPA

Due to a policy shift by the EPA, biomass is no longer exempt from greenhouse gas emissions on large scale installations. Boiler standards have also been raised to a level that will make it nearly impossible for installations to meet emissions standards with commercially available feedstocks. Further,

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We have compiled a timeline of videos, reports, articles and studies to help you stay up to speed. Learn more about this topic in the morning session at the Summit.

Here is a Fox News report on the EPA ruling and a quick timeline of events-

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Interview with Bob Cleaves, President & CEO of the Biomass Power Association

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April

http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/boiler/boilerpg.html

May

Final GHG Tailoring Rule
May 13, 2010 – EPA sets greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions thresholds to define when permits under the New Source Review Prevention Significant Deterioration (PSD) and title V Operating Permit programs are required for new and existing industrial facilities.

EPA’s final “tailoring” rule determines which polluters will be required to account for their greenhouse gas emissions in Clean Air Act permits when the agency begins to formally regulate the heat-trapping gases next January.

links:

http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2010/05/14/14greenwire-biomass-industry-sees-chilling-message-in-epas-60072.html

http://www.epa.gov/nsr/actions.html#may10

June

63 members of congress lead bipartrisan effort challenging the EPA’S decision to undermine sustainable biomass

http://www.defazio.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=589

The Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences released a report called:

Biomass Sustainability and Carbon Policy Study

Download the full report here

More links here

http://www.manomet.org/node/322

This sparked a series of stories with the title “Biomass worse than coal”

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/19/science/earth/19biomass.html?_r=1

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/06/biomass-worse-than-coal.php

Shortly after the uproar Manomet addressed the issue in a follow up press release. Link below

Manomet statement

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July

EPA regulatory actions

http://www.epa.gov/airquality/combustion/actions.html

Links:

http://www.environmentalleader.com/2010/07/20/oregon-biomass-industry-questions-epa-tailoring-rule/

August

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The comment period for the Boiler Rule ends Monday, August 23.

Your questions regarding the GHG Tailoring Rule should be directed to
Tom Coda at
(919) 541-3037 or coda.tom@epa.gov.

Research in favor of carbon neutrality of biomass:

Bioenergy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Links to articles:

http://www.eenews.net/public/Greenwire/2010/05/13/1

http://www.eenews.net/public/25/15625/features/documents/2010/05/13/document_gw_03.pdf

http://www.biomasspowerassociation.com/pages/news_releases.php

http://www.sustainablebusinessoregon.com/articles/2010/06/biomass_developers_fight_epa_emissions_ruling.html